Whatever your goals, know the different types of ETFs to help you get there.

Some people prefer investments with opportunities for rapid growth and don't mind risk. Others prefer investments that grow more slowly, with less risk. There are several broad categories to help you think about how you can use ETFs.

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Equity ETF

Tracks the performance of a group of stocks, measured in a single index.

Bond ETF

Provides exposure to a universe of bonds, also known as fixed-income investments.

Sector and industry ETF

Provides exposure to a specific area like technology or telecommunications.

Smart Beta ETF

Uses a non-traditional approach to index construction versus cap-weighted strategies.

Style-specific ETF

Buys assets that follow a certain set of rules, like the fastest-growing stocks in an industry.

Foreign-market ETF

Invests in non-U.S. markets, including stocks, bonds, commodities, or a mix.

Inverse ETF

Focuses on markets or individual stocks or bonds that are likely to fall in price.

Alternative ETF

Invests in nontraditional areas, like natural resources, real estate, hedge fund replication, and merger arbitrage.

About risk:There are risks involved with investing in any such products, including the possible loss of principal. Investors should be willing to accept a high degree of volatility and the possibility of significant losses.

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